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State Arts Agencies 1965-2003: Whose Interests to Serve?


From: berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 03 2004 - 16:28:04 PDT

3. State Arts Agencies 1965-2003: Whose Interests to Serve? [pdf]

Many commentators on public policy have noticed a marked downturn in
publicly-sponsored arts organizations over the past few years; and, in some
cases, certain arts agencies have become moribund as a result of decreased
funding. The RAND Corporation recently released a 60-page report on this
particular phenomenon (commissioned by The Wallace Foundation) and authored
by one of their staff members, Dr. Julia Lowell, an economist. This
intriguing report looks at the past four decades of funding for the arts at
the state level, noting that state arts agencies "enjoyed increasing levels
of legislative appropriations in the roughly 15 years following the creation
of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965." Since then, funding has
declined (for the most part), with 2003 being a particularly difficult year,
as 43 out of 56 state and territorial arts agencies suffered declines in
their general fund appropriations. The report has some compelling policy
suggestions, including a note that arts agencies may have to work closely
with local communities in order to determine priorities. [KMG]

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BJ Berquist
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